Possibly the most interesting place to put on a show; as the website suggests, ?you wouldn't find us unless you knew we were there? was more than true ? under a railway arch 246a which is past the Eurostar despatch depot at Waterloo station. Once you have found the (right) magic blue door you enter into this wonderful fringe-style theatre. Before writing about the show this reporter should really give a little background information.
Imperial Opera was conceived over 25 years ago by two members of Imperial College Operatic Society who grumbled that ex-students were taking all the good parts. So they decided that another society for these people would be a good idea, and thus Imp Op was born.
?To be is not to be, but to have been?
The show was a delight to watch and a totally irreverent use of Shakespeare?s lines, be it set to musical numbers ? setting the story of Romeo & Juliet to ?When you go down to the woods today?, or at the heart of skits stereotyping directors trying to interpret Shakespeare or giving out notes. One is also implored to give those many soliloquys, learnt when younger, a well-earned rest.
? I most royally shall now to bed
To sleep off all the nonsense I?ve just said?
All of the cast are immensely talented; this reporter particularly enjoyed Ellis Pike?s performance in ?The Night I appeared as Macbeth? sketch, portraying an egotistical and vain actor. ?Othello in Earnest? a wonderful sketch which is familiar to all men trying to please the mother of the daughter they love, was wonderfully done by David Phipps-Davis and Sarah Humphreys. As an ensemble they pulled off ?Let?s do it?, a corruption of the Cole Porter song, giving rise to memorable quotes like, ??friends of the RSC do it, if they book in advance? and throughout the whole evening they were ably accompanied by Selwyn Tillett on the piano.